Bio-nutrient Rich Crop Production a Two-Part Soils Workshop with Dan Kittredge March 8 & April 13
Thursday, March 8, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EST)
Bedford Hills, NY
PLEASE NOTE: This is a two-part workshop held on two dates (March 8, April 13) for one price ($20).
Parking is limited; please share a ride to this event.
In case of snow, we'll post rescheduling information at www.nycwatershed.org and reach out to you by email.
Get beyond the compost pile with this advanced soils workshop, Bionutrient Rich Crop Production. When you give the soil what it craves, feeding it what it needs, naturally fortified soils reward you with vegetables more healthful, flavorful and nutrient dense. Production becomes more bountiful in size and overall yield. To better feed ourselves, we need to go back to the dirt in which our foods grow, replenishing soils with what it needs to produce nutrient-dense foods packed with the vital bionutrients we need to live a healthy life.
This two-part workshop -- led by soils guru Dan Kittredge, executive director of the Real Food Campaign -- is sponsored by the Watershed Agricultural Council with funding from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. Rainbeau Ridge Farm hosts the event both days in Bedford Hills, Westchester County, NY 10507.
The $20 registration fee covers:
- Conference materials,
- Local foods lunch from Table Local Market of Bedford Hills,
- Both workshops (March 8 and April 13), and
- All credit card/online processing fees.
Nutrient Dense Foods have very high levels of vitamins, carbohydrates, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, and trace minerals. As a result they have the greatest impact on improving health and providing nutrition against disease. Major minerals are abundantly supplied as are trace elements such as selenium, chromium, iodine, and cobalt. And it all starts with the soils in which those foods are grown. Join us for this two-part series, Bionutrient Rich Crop Production on March 8 and April 13.
March 8 Workshop #1 PowerPoint (pdf)
Soil Testing / Mineral Balancing
Fertigation / Irrigation
April 13 Workshop #2 PowerPoint (pdf)
Preventing limiting factors - planting/transplanting solution, drenches and foliar sprays.
Crop and soil management - Conductivity, Brix, and pH
What do we do with these results? How do we manage accordingly?
Review of experience and results so far Integrating whole system understanding.
Visual plant guides of growth and status
Using plant and soil monitoring to trouble shoot problems.
Hands-on Soil Conductivity testing
Rich, dark soil is nicknamed "Black Gold" for a reason. By improving your soil's composition and understanding its biodynamic complexity at the microscopic level, you can reap the monetary rewards of good dirt at the market. But more improtatnly, you'll be reaping the benefits of nutrient dense foods for yourself and your health.
For more information about the course and Dan Kittredge, visit www.realfoodcampaign.org. Check out Dan's Introduction to Principles video library playlist on Watershed Agricultural Council's YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL86C937B0ECC55FC1&feature=view_all .
For more about the host farm, Rainbeau Ridge Farm, visit www.rainbeauridge.com/cms/content/view/79/121/ .
For more on the sponsor, Watershed Agricultural Council, visit www.nycwatershed.org or call (914) 962-6355..
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Watershed Agricultural Council
The Watershed Agricultural Council works with over 1,000 farm and forest landowners in the NYC Watershed region to protect farms, woodlands and water quality through land conservation approaches. The Council believes in supporting local economic viability through working landscapes in agriculture and forestry which ultimately promote clean drinking water for nine million New Yorkers. The Council currently protects over 23,000 acres of watershed lands through conservation easements promoting working landscapes. The Council provides technical assistance and funding to landowners voluntarily participating in watershed management through its Agriculture, Forestry, East of Hudson and Farm to Market Programs. The Council also spearheads a buy local campaign, Pure Catskills, connecting farm and wood products businesses with consumers worldwide. The Council is funded by The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service and other federal, foundation and private sources. The WAC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.